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Image: An area of mild erythema around varicella lesion on the thigh of a young boy progressed to necrotizing fasciitis caused by group A Streptococcus (Photo courtesy of Dr. E. P. Dellinger, MD).

Multiplex Assay Detects Pathogens in NF Patients

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a life-threatening deep soft tissue infection characterized by rapidly progressive necrosis of the fascia and the adjacent soft tissues. NF of the extremities is associated with high mortality rates, and immediate surgical intervention is required upon detection of NF infections. More...
23 Apr 2019
Image: The SPECTROstar Nano Absorbance plate reader with cuvette port (Photo courtesy of BMG Labtech).

Recombinant Capture Molecule Used for Viral Disease Diagnosis

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is an infectious disease endemic in a variety of countries in southeastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The virus (CCHFV) transmission occurs via the bite of an infected tick and also by close contact with body fluids of infected persons or livestock. More...
17 Apr 2019
Image: The QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus Control Panel (Photo courtesy of Qiagen).

TB Interferon-Gamma Release Assay Assessed in Children

Pediatric tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health issue with at least one million children newly identified with TB each year, representing 10% to 11% of all TB cases. It was recently reported an estimate of 250,000 deaths among pediatric TB cases, of whom an estimated 50,000 were children living with HIV infection. More...
16 Apr 2019
Image: Dr. Brian Geiss displays a gold microwire that is one-fourth the size of a human hair (Photo courtesy of John Eisele, Colorado State University Photography).

New Test May Replace ELISA for Detecting Antibodies

A microwire-based test may replace enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) as the primary method to detect antibodies specific for pathogenic microorganisms in patient's sera. More...
15 Apr 2019
Image: The UltraClean PCR cleanup kit (Photo courtesy of MO BIO Laboratories).

Fecal Microbes Used to Diagnose Liver Cirrhosis

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent cause of chronic liver disease worldwide, and yet remains largely underdiagnosed even in individuals with advanced stage of the disease. More...
09 Apr 2019
Image: Photomicrographs of tissues from patients with myoglobinopathy, a new muscular disease caused by a mutation in the myoglobin gene (Photo courtesy of Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute).

Myoglobin Gene Mutation Causes New Muscle Disease

The cause of myoglobinopathy, a newly described disease of the muscles, has been traced to a mutation in the gene that encodes for the protein myoglobin (MB). More...
08 Apr 2019
Image: The QX200 droplet digital PCR system (Photo courtesy of Bio-Rad).

Digital PCR Assay Diagnoses Paucibacillary Leprosy

Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, is a chronic bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Although it is curable and early treatment averts most disabilities, it remains an important global health concern. More...
04 Apr 2019

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